Retired captain has holiday bill paid by Nellis Exchange


Retired Air Force Capt. Doris Jackson (second from left) is presented with a check for $2,500. Jackson is one of five winners of the “Your Holiday Bill Is On Us’ sweepstakes that AAFES ran during the holiday season. Also pictured, from left are: Exchange West Coast Regional Vice President Robert Rice; Nellis AFB Exchange General Manager Matthew Beatty; and 99th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Michael T. Davis.

When retired Air Force Capt. Doris Jackson first received a phone call from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service telling her that they would be paying off her MILITARY STAR® credit card bill, she thought it was a joke.

“I was just totally surprised,” Jackson said.

Jackson is one of five grand-prize winners of the fifth annual Your Holiday Bill Is On Us Sweepstakes, out of more than 6 million entries worldwide. She was presented with her prize at the Nellis Air Force Base. Nev., Exchange on Feb. 25. Because the grand prize minimum of $2,500 eclipsed her card balance, Jackson also received a statement credit in the amount of the difference.

Nellis Exchange managers honored Jackson during the celebration and presented her with an oversized check.

“The Exchange serves the best customers in the world,” said Exchange General Manager Matthew Beatty. “We consider it an honor to be able to thank Capt. Jackson for her service with this sweepstakes.”

For someone who served her country for 20 years in the Air Force, including during the Gulf War, it’s no surprise that Jackson plans to use her winnings for others.
“My granddaughter needs a new car seat,” Jackson said.

While she typically visits the Nellis Exchange to stock up on household supplies and diapers for her granddaughter, Jackson is also looking forward to using part of her prize to splurge on new clothes for her daughter and herself.

During November and December, shoppers automatically earned an entry in the Your Holiday Bill Is on Us Sweepstakes every time they used their MILITARY STAR card at any military exchange,, or at the commissary. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service collaborated with the Navy Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, Coast Guard Exchange and the Defense Commissary Agency to sponsor the sweepstakes.

The MILITARY STAR card is an exclusive line of credit for service members and their families to use at exchanges and commissaries — no matter where they serve.